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A hometown show a year before i got into the Dead but I know many people who were at this show and this was one of my first tapes. I think this show can best be summarized by saying: you had to be there. Nice setlist but the performances aren't anything special. This is often rated as one of the best of the year which shows why I don't listen to this era often.
A few highlights in the second set: The short, fast Eyes has some good playing. Bobby saves the day with a strong post-space run. For me the Other One is the one true gem of this show; really spacey and unique. Nice Box encore.
Healy is a bit heavy-handed throughout the show but puts in a few good effects on Estimate and OO.
East Coast Dave in WA -
Subject: Good Show
This was my second Dead concert. A huge improvement over my first (7/4/86). It sounded like the band was enjoying themselves and getting into it. I didn't care for Eyes at this tempo, but a nice version of it here, with a cool post song jam to lead into drums. I'm starting my review process by submitting them for all the shows I attended that are available on the archive. The criteria will be how does it compare to all the other shows I've seen? Not how does it compare to my favorite tapes (my personal favorite years for the Dead are 1970-1972). Anyway, Jerry's voice is a little rough on this concert, but there's a spark and energy to this show that makes up for it. Worth a listen, or a download.